The Lucerne Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Tourists often overlook the lovely, residential Upper West Side -- which is a shame. This 250-room Lucerne, in a tony red-stone building, gives tourists a taste of the local experience, and is close to great kid-friendly attractions like the Museum of Natural History and Central Park. Warm European decor and traditional, attentive service -- including 24-hour room service and a concierge who really knows the area -- make this a great pick for the price. The 1 subway line, which heads to Times Square, is only a block away.
NYLO New York City Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Tucked into a quiet, classy, residential side street on the Upper West Side, this 250-room boutique comes with snazzy touches like a 16th-floor common terrace, a top-notch gym, friendly doormen, and good-sized designer rooms with excellent beds. It's a great pick for parents visiting Columbia University, and when rates dip under $150 a night, it's a phenomenal value.